Qingdao, China, 26 March 2014 – Earth Hour is a global WWF climate change initiative for energy conversation. Shangri-La Hotel, Qingdao will actively participate in Earth Hour 2014, which is scheduled from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. on Saturday, 29 March 2014. This is the 7th consecutive year the hotel has participated Earth Hour.
Shangri-La Hotel, Qingdao’s management and staff will observe Earth Hour through several activities that show the hotel’s support of environmental protection and energy conservation. These activities will be emphasised at the lobby area, restaurants, hotel exterior as well as heart of house. At the scheduled time, all non-essential lights and electrical appliances will be switched off. The hotel will set up a free “Taste the Nature” station in the City Wing lobby, which provides organic vegetables and fruits.
Shangri-La Hotel, Qingdao has been actively involved in social public charity activities, committed to environmental protection and promoted corporate social responsibility activities. We firmly believe that we can enhance staff and guest awareness of environmental protection through this activity,” said Henry Lee, the hotel’s general manager.
Participating in Earth Hour is only one small part of the hotel’s environmental efforts. As an ISO 14001-certified hotel, Shangri-La Hotel, Qingdao has implemented green programmes to identify ways to reduce wastage, eradicate practices that damage the environment and generally promote environmental awareness. Examples of these practices include using energy-saving bulbs and biodegradable cleaning materials, water restrictors and sewage treatment facilities to prevent water pollution.
Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts remains committed to operating in an economically, socially and environmentally responsible manner while balancing the interests of diverse stakeholders. In striving to be a leader in corporate citizenship and sustainable development, a corporate-level CSR Committee drives the company's initiatives in the strategic areas of stakeholder relations, environment, health and safety, supply chain and employees. Under the umbrella of sustainability, Shangri-La's social responsibility programme consists of the two elements of "embrace" and "sanctuary". Embrace focuses on Shangri-La’s Caring People Project, which aims to promote the highest level of education and health support in underprivileged communities. In sanctuary, the programme concentrates on Shangri-La's Care for Nature Project, which promotes the conservation and restoration of biodiversity. For more information, please access the CSR section on www.shangri-la.com